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Indymedia it is dead - long live indymedia
international | arts and media | other press Tuesday December 05, 2006 23:31 by eeekkkk
Indymedia-Italy, after 6 years since its birth, needs to rethink it's method of being the media, and to do that it needs silence, to be quiet, and needs to restart without the web and to widen the discussion 360 degrees.
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OK - so that's a slightly theoretical / analytical piece above, but can anyyone fill us in on what actually happened with indy italy? Was it a case of a breakdown in the decision making process, or being swamped with idiot trolls, or some persistent harassers driving everyone crazy and making operating the site a living hell?
It was a mixture of all 3,
The broadband penetration is much higher in Italy so Indymedia was a heavily utilised forum for Political debate. This rattled the MSM and MS body politic, who then bombarded the site with trolls and gerenal nuisances.
This is a common practice with the right. The appalling behaviour of conservatives in the USA this election is all the evidence needed to illustrate it.
Its happening here too, so as the editorial guidelines advise, dont feed the trolls.
They are easily spotted after a couple of posts, thier original rational language becomes ambiguous and loaded with facts and figures which have nothing to do with the debate/original post.
They are there only to steer the commentery off topic and bog it down with non-sense, Simply go through the thread and find which poster made the most irrelevant post (admittedly sometimes they can be clever, so some diligence is required) and there's your shyster!
Classic give away as well is a long rant on freedom of speech or the baseless justification for steering the debate off message if challenged.
Another sign is the poster who simply wont go away or is hellbent on the last word, that is ego massaging, not debate.
There ya go, hope that helped.